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HPV and Herpes -- Thanks for your help

Apr 16, 1999


Is there a blood test for HPV?

If so, would the test be able to determine what subtype of HPV someone is infected with?

How can you accuarately tell if someone is infected with no symptoms?


Would the IgG and IgM antibody tests (for the detection of herpes) target both recent and past infections? and what is the seroconversion time frame that antibodies would develop from infection using these two tests?

Response from Dr. Holodniy

There are blood and fluid tests for HPV. Some of these tests can determine subtypes of virus. IgM positivity usually indicates recent infection (2-6 weeks). Presence of IgG can indicate early chronic, or old infection(> 4 weeks post infection and can be life long positive).


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